Trump reaches out to China’s president in a letter

The White House issued a statement saying Trump had “provided a letter” to Xi on Wednesday, thanking the Chinese leader for a congratulatory note he had sent on the U.S. president’s inauguration.

Trump wished the Chinese people a “happy Lantern Festival and prosperous Year of the Rooster,” and said “he looks forward to working with President Xi to develop a constructive relationship that benefits both the United States and China,” according to the statement.

That’s pretty standard diplomatic language, but it was something of a change from the rhetoric Trump employed on the campaign trail and on Twitter, when describing China as an “enemy” of the United States and accused it of “raping” his country through unfair trade practices…

China’s foreign ministry said it “highly commends” Trump for the letter, but declined to comment on whether there were plans for a phone call.